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Sen. Bennet wants to meet with Defense Secretary over decision to move Spacecom

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado Senator Michael Bennet said on Wednesday that he has made a request to meet with the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin about the decision to move the U.S. Space Command to Huntsville, Alabama.

Bennet told KRDO that the Biden-Administration is aware of the concerns of Colorado officials that the announcement that Space Command's permanent headquarters would be on Redstone Arsenal in Alabama was politically motivated by former President Trump.

Bennet also plans to request a meeting with the new Air Force Secretary after they are appointed.

"The administration is well aware of the deep concerns, not just that Colorado Springs has, but the entire state of Colorado has about a political process that has Space Command being threatened to be taken away," Bennet said. "We are going to do absolutely everything we can to move heaven and earth to make sure that doesn't happen." 

The Department of Defense's Inspector General is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the decision to move Space Command. The investigation surrounds the selection-process and grading criteria.

Sen. Bennet and Sen. John Hickenlooper released a statement about Space Command when Secretary of Defense Austin was in Colorado Springs on Wednesday.

“U.S. Northern Command plays a leading role in supporting our COVID-19 response in Colorado and across the country. Secretary Austin is prioritizing this mission, and his first official trip as head of the Department of Defense speaks to the pivotal role our state plays in the nation’s military readiness. It also demonstrates why Colorado is the best -- and only -- home for U.S. Space Command. As the DoD Inspector General conducts a thorough review of the previous administration’s ill-conceived decision, we’re hopeful that Secretary Austin will review the decision, pause any actions pending the outcome of the investigation, and commit to keeping Space Command in Colorado -- the epicenter of the national security space mission.”

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Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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  1. Maybe it has to do with Colorado Springs having trash infrastructure, no water, overpopulation, high crime, and already having a massive military population to support the locals. Not to mention the loads of tourism. Why does CS need another majcom and branch? This should be based solely upon military strategy only. Which no politician knows nor cares about.

  2. Some insider info. They had three big hang ups and a few smaller ones.
    #1 -Infrastructure. If we had a nice 4 lane highway 94 from SAFB to CS that has all the safety features. The current hwy 94 is dangerous and there are so many accidents each year and even deaths.
    #2 -Housing. Do I need to say anymore. They tried to deflect from it with the new “Flying horse east neighborhood” they are building next to Schriever. But…. still we are behind in available housing and if they send just 5K people here its….. crazy.
    #3 -Child care. On the east side we have few child care facilities, and few quality ones. If we had more around Peterson that would of helped. People like to drop off their kids on the way to work not drive 15min the wrong direction for a good daycare.

    The rest is just nit picking. Mainly if they were going to stay here we would need to build a massive amount of housing, childcare and roads in the next 5 years with haste. With us giving our El Paso County PPRTA money to Douglas County for the stupid Gap shows the local leaders don’t care about our local economy.

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